postheadericon Swimming To Go To Guatemala

ymg_swimmerDid you know swimming across Cayuga Lake can get you to Guatamala?  The combined youth mission of All Saints Catholic Church and Lansing United Methodist Church has been doing it for at least a dozen years.  Tomorrow at 7am they will be swimming again.  Organizers Ed Pasto and Patty Osika say they hope to raise between $1,500 and $2,000 to help send Lansing youth and adults to Guatemala next year to build safe, stone cook stoves for families in need.

"For my kids going on these mission trips is kind of a life changing experience," Pasto says.  He has gone to Guatemala each year since the mission began going tthere.  "They get to experience something that they don't see very often or ever here in Lansing.  There are a lot of things we take for granted like turning on a tap and putting our toothbrush under the water.  If you do that in Guatemala, then brush your teeth you're going to get really sick.  They spend a week without all their electronic devices.  They see how these people live and experience a bit of what it's like for struggling poor people."

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postheadericon Lansing Playground Sign Not Stolen

playground_totlot120When a unique mosaic sign disappeared from the playground at Myers Park people noticed.  The Lansing Parks and Recreation Department was alerted by phone.  Park Superintendent Steve Colt said that whether it was a prank or vandalism, he hoped that the hand-made, irreplaceable sign would be returned.  He posted an alert on the department's Facebook page that was only established less than two weeks ago.  Early Wednesday afternoon Colt said that he hoped it was just a good samaritan who had removed it to clean or repair it.

"That was the first thing I was hoping I would hear," he said.  "That wouldn't surprise me because of the way and the park and the playground have been adopted by the people who use it and the people who built it.  If somebody saw that the mosaic was getting a little grimy or anything to do with the sign, it wouldn't surprise me if someone had taken it down and repaired, cleaned and reinstalled it.  That's the type of great people that we have here, that would do that."

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postheadericon Lansing Star Ninth Anniversary Issue

anniversaryHappy anniversary to us!  This is the ninth anniversary issue of the Lansing Star Online.  This week is our 439th issue.  We are close to a total of 10920 articles, and millions of hits on our Web site.  We produce 48 issues per year (some years we have done 41, but we only produced 24 in 2005 because we started in July), and we archive all past articles live on our Web site.

Our first issue featured the Rogue's Harbor Inn, with four articles and many pictures that chronicled the inn's history and present.  The top story on the front page was about the Lansing Town Board debating whether the Town would grant benefits for same-sex spouses of town employees.  There was an interview with the Lansing Schools Athletic Director, and a school board report.  The most controversial story that week was about the approval of a 190 foot tall cell tower that Cingular wanted to build on the corner of Conlon and Searles Roads.

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postheadericon Tarallo Attends Future Leader Camp

tarallo120On July 12, 2014, Lansing High School student Dominic Tarallo successfully completed the two-week Norwich University Future Leader Camp (FLC) at the nations’ first senior military college in Northfield, Vermont.  FLC is designed to develop the leadership skills of current high school students by providing a challenging and meaningful adventure camp experience.

Physical fitness training was part of the first week as were Paintball, Rappelling, Climbing Wall, Basic First Aid training, Crisis Preparedness, Water Survival Skills, Orienteering and Leadership Classes. After qualifying, participants went for a day of rappelling on the 80’ cliffs of Deer Leap Mountain in Killington, Vermont, and the following day participated in survival skills training.

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Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years.  Today's Green Minute was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video.  One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper.  You don't even have to recycle the Star.  This feature offers more on how to make your world greener.  Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.

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